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Three Clarkson Professots Play Key Roles At Technical Writing Conference In San Francisco

Except for the weather and the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop, you might have thought you were attending a Clarkson University event had you been in San Francisco recently for the annual Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) conference. That’s because Clarkson’s Department of Communication and Media was well represented at the Association’s highest levels.

ATTW is the principal national professional organization for teachers of technical writing and communication. The organization supports research and teaching in the fields like technical and scientific communication, graphic design, user testing, and professional communication. Members are active as researchers, teachers and consultants who write, edit and review scientific and technical documents, Web pages, and instructional materials.

Clarkson's leading role in the field of communications technology was on display in San Francisco as the field recognized the department's expertise and experience. Brenton Faber, associate professor of Communication and Media, was the program chair of the ATTW conference and had overall responsibility for its success. Bill Karis, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Media, was named president of the ATTW at the conference. Stephen Doheny-Farina, professor of Communication and Media, was named a “Fellow” of ATTW. He was recognized for his outstanding research contributions to the field. The author of four books and numerous research articles, Doheny-Farina was selected by senior faculty from across the country for this significant award. 

Clarkson University’s Department of Communication and Media prepares students to become leaders in the fields like new media, Internet communications, and scientific communication. Students learn how to create and use digital video and audio, computer graphics, and on-line text, along with traditional spoken and written media. Communication and Media graduates are working as Web designers, management consultants, instructional designers, and in emerging fields like workforce performance and user experience.

Computer-mediated communications are revolutionizing the way we live. Clarkson University graduates with Communication degrees are applying their technical expertise and communication abilities at leading U.S. and global companies as Webmasters, multimedia programmers, information engineers, interface designers and public relations executives. Other students have applied their communication skills to further education at Law School or Graduate School. 

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